Why You Need to Start Walking Part 2

Walking is beneficial in so many incredible ways! 

There's no better time of the year to start getting active, and there's no better way to start getting active than by walking! Walking is such an incredible activity, and if you've read the latest blog by our senior housing experts in Elk Horn, then you already know about a few of the wonderful benefits that are associated with walking on a regular basis. Here are a few more benefits that you could enjoy when you start walking every day:

#4. Stay independent and mobile. 

If you walk every day, you can reduce your risk of losing your mobility and independence. One study found that, after a two and a half years of regular walking, the people who participated had lowered their risk of becoming disabled by 28 percent.

#5. Prevent or manage diabetes. 

Did you know that a short walk, just 20 to 30 minutes, can lower your blood sugar for a full 24 hours? In addition to managing diabetes, the weight loss associated with regular walks can help to delay and sometimes even prevent the onset of diabetes in the first place.

#6. Lower your risk of heart disease.

Because walking helps to lower cholesterol, it can also help to lower your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your risk of both heart disease and a stroke, try to walk for just 30 minutes a day.

#7. Boost your mood.

Not only can getting outside and moving put you in a better mood in the short-term, one study found people with depression who walked for just 30 minutes five times a week had measurable improvements in their symptoms. Start enjoying the many benefits of walking by getting out there today! As always, be sure to consult your physician before you start any kind of exercise routine.

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